Campbell Mair

Licensing Law

Licensing law is a very complex area of the law. Therefore, we understand that for peace of mind you may wish to instruct a solicitor to deal with a licence application on your behalf. We would be delighted to deal with the application process for you from start to finish for a fixed fee.

If you are an existing licence holder, you may be aware that Licensing law can also affect the very existence of your business.  As such, it is essential that you obtain expert legal advice as soon as you become aware of an issue or a potential issue with regard to your licence.

It is particularly important that you obtain expert legal advice if you have been called to appear at a Licensing Board Hearing.  Although you may feel that you are confident in appearing before the Licensing Board, our experience tells us that where representations or objections are raised by the Police, Environmental Health Department, Members of the Public etc, to a new application or during a Review Hearing, Variation Hearing, or Suspension Hearing, applicants are more likely to be successful if they have a solicitor representing them.

Licensing Board Hearings are run in many ways like a Court Hearing.  Applicants can often be left “lost for words” after rigorous questioning from elected Licensing Board Members (who are local Councillors).   Often applicants underestimate how important it is to have representation until until it is too late.

With many licensing solicitors offering licensing law advice, you might ask – why should I contact Campbell Mair Solicitors? What makes Campbell Mair Solicitors different?

In short, it because we will fight your corner with passion and drive at all times in order to increase the prospects of you obtaining your licence for the first time or keeping it in the face of having it revoked, suspended or varied.

We offer fixed fees for appearances before Licensing Boards.  Although we are licensing lawyers/solicitors based in both Glasgow and Edinburgh, we can represent you at Licensing Boards throughout Scotland.  What’s more, we will not charge you for any travel costs or travelling time for appearing at a Licensing Board Hearing even if the Licensing Board Hearing is as far afield as the Highlands of Scotland.

For ease of reference, we can appear at Licensing Board Hearings in the following local authority areas on your behalf: Aberdeen City Council; Aberdeenshire Council; Angus Council; Argyll & Bute Council; Clackmannanshire Council; Dumfries & Galloway Council; Dundee City Council; East Ayrshire Council; East Dunbartonshire Council; East Lothian Council; East Renfrewshire Council; City of Edinburgh Council; Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council); Falkirk Council; Fife Council; Glasgow City Council; Highland Council; Inverclyde Council; Midlothian Council; Moray Council; North Ayrshire Council; North Lanarkshire Council; Orkney Islands Council; Perth & Kinross Council; Renfrewshire Council; Scottish Borders Council; Shetland Islands Council; South Ayrshire Council; South Lanarkshire Council; Stirling Council; West Dunbartonshire Council; and West Lothian Council.

Our experience tells us that our clients were relieved that they engaged our services to appear at the Licensing Board Hearing on their behalf.

We can advise and represent you regarding applications and appeals under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 in the following areas:

We also offer comprehensive training and trouble-shooting services to licence holders where difficulties have been identified by Licensing Standards Officers and/or the Police. We can represent you at intervention meetings with LSOs and/or the police. In short our aim is to prevent your premises being the subject of a Review Application wherever possible.

We can advise and represent you in relation to licensing applications and appeals under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 in the following areas:

We can also advise you regarding applications for the grant, renewal or variation of Firearms/Shotgun Certificates under the Firearms Act 1968.

We can also act for you in relation to Landlord Registration cases  under the Antisocial Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004, including appearances before the Licensing Committee and appeals to the Sheriff Court.

We can also advise and represent you regarding applications and appeals under the Gambling Act 2005 in the following areas:

Where necessary, we can represent you and argue your case before local authority Committees, Licensing Boards and the Sheriff Court.

We can also defend individuals, bar-staff, shop staff, personal licence holders, and premises licence holders against prosecutions under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010.

We can also assist you with the following Miscellaneous Applications:

Call us today on 0141 314 3569 or 0131 344 4239 for a free no obligation discussion.  Alternatively, please e-mail us at the following e-mail address: